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great day with the doc

The results are in:

1x 22mm follicle (mature! ready to go! woot!)

1x16mm follicle (ready to go probably tomorrow!)

1x 14mm follicle (will probably go in the next few days)

Praise God!  Please keep praying, we have the IUI tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

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today

Today we have an appointment for a day 14 ultra sound to see if we have a mature follicle or two.  Last week we had one follicle at 12 mm and one at 10 mm.  If they are at 18mm, I will take the trigger shot and we will have IUI tomorrow.

Please pray for us!

More to follow later…

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stomach whiplash

I love my nutritionist because I learn new stuff all the time when I meet with her.

For example, I told her that I generally am not hungry before lunch – unless I eat a large dinner the night before.  Which is kind of curious because you would think the opposite would happen – that I would be full from the night before – but it doesn’t.

This really intrigued my nutritionist.

You always want to be able to intrigue your nutritionist.

She told me that there has been some research that indicated that this was a more common occurance than not.  (awesome!)

She said that there is a theory that a big meal the night before stretches your stomach and your body works to fill that larger stomach space.

So yeah, there you have it!

I have to say, despite the amazing amount of food that my mom had at Thanksgiving – I didn’t go too nuts.  I was definitely full, but I didn’t have stomach whiplash today.  Small victories!

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sweet potatoes?

sweet potatoes!

For anyone following me on Twitter or Facebook, you know I’ve been spending the last 16 hours making sweet potatoes and sleeping.

First I juiced a bunch of oranges:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which resulted in a surprisingly small amount of juice:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I boiled a bunch of sweet potatoes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I dumped it into the biggest bowl I own:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then I mashed and mashed and mashed and whipped:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this morning i scooped the sweet potatoes into the orange cups:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And decorated a few of the sweet potatoes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then I called mom and found out that there were only 12 people attending thanksgiving… NOT the 19 that I thought…

Does anyone need extra sweet potatoes?  Eep!

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Tonight I went to Dominick’s to pick up about 12 lbs of sweet potatoes, 20 oranges and an ovulation predictor kit.  Yeah, that’s right, an ovulation predictor kit.

Our Dominick’s hasn’t carried an OPK since August.  I’ve complained to them.  I’ve even encouraged them, “Surely this is a high margin product that takes  up relatively little shelf space.  And hey, I’m a sure thing – I will BUY the kits – promise!”

But nothing.

So tonight, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I decided to harass a poor, awkward 16 year old boy, who was probably counting down the minutes to going home and playing Rock Band or blowing 2 hours on YouTube videos.  We’ll call him Ed.  Ed was slowly facing the toothpaste aisle.

Me: Excuse me…

Ed: Yeah?

Me: Hi, do you have any more of the Clear Blue Easy Ovulation Predictor Kits in back?

Ed: Uh… yeah, uh, let me go check in the back.

Ed trudged off to the back room to probably pace back and forth for a while, kick a few large boxes and wonder what he did today to deserve to look for women’s feminine hygiene-type products.   He might have asked a manager back there about it, but probably not.

Then Ed shuffled back down the aisle to me.

Ed: uh, yeah… no… uh … none of those back there.

To Ed, wherever you are, one day you’re going to have to hold your wife’s purse in the mall and it won’t even phase you – you know why?  Cuz I made you go look for an Ovulation Predictor Kit.  Ed, your wife will thank me later 🙂

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“honoring my hunger”

or “praying: dear God, please help me find my collar bones. amen”

or “keeping my beach ball under water”

So I had a follow up appointment with the nutritionist. We are working on answering my prayer to find my collar bones, which is excellent.  But more importantly, we are working on me making better, more thoughtful food choices.

See, my old job was fun and exciting at times, but it often required me to eat many meals (sometimes 3) at my desk.  Food became my reward and the primary source of joy during my day (since seeing the sunshine was often not possible).  Oh yeah, and the dark chocolate Dove bars brought a lot of joy.  Yeah. Those were good, too.

So now that I have a job that is a little bit more reasonable in terms of time demands (although it has been a bit hairy recently), we don’t have a lot of food available to graze on, which is awesome.  The only tricky things are Monday nights when we have food catered in… sigh, but hey, you can’t win them all.

That all being said, I’m having an easier time managing what I eat.  I need to keep going to the grocery store on a regular basis and buying healthy snacks and foods.

Interesting (somewhat common sense) insights from the nutritionist:

eat breakfast – it helps boost your metabolism and prevents you from getting over-hungry and making bad decisions.

weigh yourself regularly – studies show people maintaining their weight did the best job when they were weighing themselves regularly.  It helped them keep from back-sliding.

honor your hunger – don’t let yourself get too hungry.  if you are hungry an hour before lunch, eat an apple to tide you over.  if you are hungry two hours before lunch, try eating both a carb and a fat/protein (like an apple and string cheese) to help keep you sustained to lunch.

meal mix – try to make each meal part carb, part protein and part fat keep you from getting hungry too quickly after eating.  a carb heavy meal can often lead to a sugar spike and a corresponding crash, leaving you hungry before it’s time to eat.

sleep!! – lack of sleep correlates to weight gain.  people who work overnight shifts or have inconsistent sleeping patterns are shown to gain weight dramatically.

 

… so speaking of that – it’s late and I need to sleep.    I did lose a little bit of weight on this new eating plan, so I’m going to keep doing it.

Oh, and the nutritionist described losing and maintaining weight like trying to hold a beach ball under water.  And I thought that was pretty accurate.  If I’m not careful, the beach ball might pop back up… which it did… so here’s to getting the darn beach ball back under water… during the holidays… yeah… awesome.

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Frank and I went downtown and took a self-guided Devil in the White City Tour.  The statue below is 1/3 the size of the original statue that greeted guests at the 1893 World’s Fair.  Interesting facts: The Museum of Science and Industry building is an exact replica of one of the many World’s Fair buildings (if you’ve been there, you know how huge it is), and the Ferris Wheel debuted at the World’s Fair in direct competition with the Eiffel Tower which had been unveiled at a previous World’s Fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We drove around a little bit, too…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank looking for the next stop on our historic journey.  Or our journey of historic proportions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We actually drove by President Obama’s house, but this is all you can see…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a lovely city we live in:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is all. For now. 🙂

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